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Only God can Solve the Impossible Problem

Romans 8:3-4
For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

We cannot save ourselves; neither can any religion! Even the best of God's laws and regulations for living cannot make sinners holy. All that God's law did was to condemn the sin in us, so that Jesus Christ could offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sin. The whole point of God's Law was not to make us right but to show us how wrong we are!

All those who trust in Jesus do not just have their sin-debt cancelled; they also receive God's Holy Spirit. He lives in them to give them power to live a new life, which does not offend God's law. It is not the fleshly work of determined self-discipline which achieves this, but the spiritual work of God in our lives - giving us the desire and the power to please Him. As Philippians 2:13 says, "... for it is God who works in you, to will and to act according to his good purpose."

So the challenge of the Christian life is not so much, 'Will you try hard to live like Jesus?' but 'Will you let the Holy Spirit operate in your life?' As Galatians 3:3,5 says, "Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? ... Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?" The answer is important for us. We started following Jesus by faith, with the help of the Spirit: and that is how we have to live every day. We can still refuse His work in us, and live according to our old sinful nature, but that is not God's will for us. Only He is able to sort out the impossible messes around us and the big mess within us. So today, decide to let Him do it and choose to cooperate with Him.

Powerful God. Thank You for seeing my weakness and inability to be holy - for sending Jesus to take the punishment for my sin. But I am sorry when I try to live a holy life without Your power ... I fail so badly. Please help me to allow Your Spirit to work in my life, so that I will not grieve You or frustrate Your purpose in me. I believe that You are able to do anything You choose, and I believe that You have chosen me to live to Your praise and glory. So please help me to cooperate with You today. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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